Bonfire Night is traditionally a night of fun, thrills and spectacle, but it can also sometimes spark personal injury – with children often involved.
A rise in safety-conscious, organised displays generally see far fewer firework injuries on Bonfire Night than was the case just a decade or two ago.
Children are nowadays most in danger from firework injuries in the days after November 5, according to a burns specialist.
Handling old, discarded rockets or bangers abandoned on an old bonfire ground or elsewhere can be sufficient to spark a “bomb-like” explosion causing appalling hand and facial injuries.
This warning comes from Julie Baker, ward manager at the Regional Burns Unit at The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.
Miss Baker said the hospital treated three children in 2012 who all sustained severe burn injuries after handling old fireworks in the days after Bonfire Night.
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Bonfire personal injury claims warning
Such firework-related personal injury claims can be prevented, however, said Miss Baker.
She said: “We now see the injuries in the days after Bonfire Night, when children have picked up old fireworks, which they’ve found lying on the ground, often after home firework displays.”
She said that people don’t realise if an old firework has been on wet ground, it is still unsafe, as after a few days any remaining chemicals inside it, will have dried off.
She added: “There is a lack of awareness that just picking up an old firework can be enough to reactivate these chemicals – and the effects can be devastating, resulting in an explosion, like a bomb going off.”
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